Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. – Romans 13:1-2 (NIV)
I happened to catch a story from Reuters News this week about pastors in the United States running for political office. They mentioned Pastor Rob McCoy from California who lost a race for California Assembly but later won a local city council race. Read it HERE.
It looks like McCoy may not be alone. Reuters reported:
McCoy represents a tactical shift within a Christian far right seeking to regain its political influence after losing several big battles in the so-called culture wars, including the Supreme Court ruling this year allowing gay marriage. That shift is being brought into sharp focus as activists prepare the battleground for the 2016 general election.
I am not in favor of pastors or any leader of a church running for political office unless they resign from their church duties. I like to see a line between the pulpit and politics.
I’d like to see pastors concentrate on the happenings in our community and nation and not take political sides. This can be done by praying for our elected leaders or taking a few minutes to pray when there’s been a major event such as a mass shooting. I like to see church leaders encourage their members to vote. I would like to see church leaders encourage their members to love and care for people in the community, no matter what their political beliefs.
I think Christians are missing a great opportunity these days to reach out to non-believers to show love and compassion. Many Christians are being bigots and it’s hurting them with non-believers.
Sadly, there’s a lot of hatred from the Christian far right toward President Obama. I’ve heard Christian leaders whom I once respected say things and post things about the President that shocked me. In fact, many of the actions of the Christians on the far right have made me examine my association with evangelicals.
Let’s keep politics away from the pulpit and concentrate on what is most important.